Following the successful campaign and subsequent promotion to London 1 South, Horsham will be playing at the highest level in its history and with it a challenge to all the players who will take the field in the next season. Following the announcement at the end of season player awards, the responsibility of delivering the coaches messages and navigating the players through the uncertain waters of London 1 will fall to new skipper Jamie Redmayne.
An unanimously popular choice amongst both the players and the coaching staff, Jamie returned to Horsham in 2018 following 13 years of National League Rugby with Worthing Raiders including stints when the club played at level 3 in the league pyramid. Earning over 200 National League Caps, he quickly showed his quality on his return to his boyhood club in Horsham and became a firm favourite to assume the reigns as skipper following his outstanding leadership in many crucial games across last season’s campaign.
A fantastic communicator, his calmness and appetite for work are infectious qualities that the team have responded well to. As a schoolteacher he is passionate about the development of others, something he delivers by example to those young back row players that he is now playing alongside.
In announcing, Head Coach Nick Stocker said “Jamie was an obvious choice to lead the team following the retirement of Rich Tredgett. His extensive experience, forged in the National Leagues, and prior to that in the Harlequins Academy, are a beacon of reference for our young but rapidly improving squad. The boys have already shown in the way they respond to his calm authority which was most dramatically demonstrated in the away league game versus Old Colfeians last season. He is first an foremost an incredible player with a huge work rate, coupled with a great ability to lead players in the heat of competitive rugby matches. As a coaching team we all look forward to working alongside him in this exciting season ahead and wish him the very best in the role.”
Updated 19:33 - 1 Jul 2019 by Richard Ordidge